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Fading flags, fading will

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:

As I travel across the United States, I can’t help but notice the faded American flag stickers that were so popular immediately after 9/11.

They were available everywhere. Real estate agents included them in their mailings, gas stations offered them with a fill-up and even some schools passed them out.

Probably an equal percentage Democrats and Republicans placed them on their sport utility vehicles, pickups and even their foreign cars. It was a signal to terrorists, and those who support them, that we Americans are patriotic and we stick together in times of trouble. It was also a warning to terrorists that we were going to get them and that we were not afraid of them.

Today, the will of many of the bearers of those stickers is fading away just like the stickers themselves. Many flag stickers appear to be just a white rectangle with a smaller blue rectangle inside containing white stars. I guess the red fades the quickest. The red seems to represent one of our political parties. The blue is also fading, but not nearly as bad. The blue, in a way, seems to represent another one of our political parties. The bottom line is that virtually no flag stickers look as good as they did in the weeks after 9/11.

If I were a terrorist, I would be thrilled to see the political debate in the United States tearing apart our country and our collective will.

I wonder what it will take to get those vehicles a new sticker? I suspect the only thing will be another terrorist attack. If I were a sticker maker, I would be stocking up.

By the way, what ever happened to the “Never Forget” stickers? I almost forgot all about them.

Jeff Skeen

Carbondale


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